There’s not a lot going on in the coming week, considering the Christmas holiday starts it off, but there are ways to the spend the next few days that could make you almost sorry to see 2019 coming so soon.  


Monday

bullet-gray-small “The Slutcracker” at 8 p.m. (and showing a final time Dec. 31) at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $30. This burlesque event and its sex-positive (to put it mildly) message has been gyrating around The Somerville Theatre since 2008, selling out shows and winning rave reviews throughout. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Jewmongous” with Cynthia Kaplan from 7 to 10 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $25. Sean Altman of Rockapella – from the “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” television show – debuted this comedic band a decade ago and has since performed to sold-out audiences in 25 major U.S. cities. His original songs include the Passover song “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat),” featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and the dysfunctional Bar Mitzvah anthem “Today I Am A Man.” Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Keaton-esque” movie series through Dec. 31 at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission tickets are $11.50. The silent great known as “The Great Stone Face” stars in the films that launch this series and the Peter Bogdanovich documentary that arrives midway, with the rest filled in by cinema influenced by his work – everything from French whimsies “The Fairy” and “Mon Oncle” to U.S. whimsies by Wes Anderson to films featuring stars that do their own stunt work, from Jackie Chan to Tom Cruise. Information is here.


Tuesday

bullet-gray-small Somerville nightLIGHTS art installations. It’s a good night to visit four free works by three designers or design teams upon through Jan. 31: Wen Yu’s “Drone” at Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square; Zebbler Studios’ “Illuminaciones,” at the Cedar Street entrance to the bike path; and Lam Partners, “door2” on Davis Square Plaza and at the East Somerville Library, 115 Broadway. Information is here.


Wednesday

bullet-gray-small “The Emperor’s New Clothes” from 2 to 3 p.m. (and repeating through Dec. 31) at The A.R.T. at Harvard University, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15. Newly adapted for children – with disco, for some reason, and other “surprising new elements” – this production features original music and an ensemble of Harvard undergrads. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice” at 3 or 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets start at $12 for obstructed view seats and range all the way up to $92 for premium seating. A 100-member ensemble uses song, music, dance and puppetry for this 48th annual Christmas Revels – this year celebrates the traditions and musical culture of Nordic nations including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Always stunning. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Pizza Pi Press pajama party from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at a location to be revealed on the press’ social media. The small press with a literary magazine, chapbook series and anthology series hosts a candlelit pajama party house show (dress accordingly; non-coziness will not be tolerated) with music, pizza, prizes and hot toddies. There are also poems, of course, from a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist fellow GennaRose Nethercott (among other things, founder of poets-for-hire the Traveling Poetry Emporium) and Sporadic Undertones, a Boston visual artist and musician. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small 8 O’Clock at 730: Criminal Sketch Artist Edition from 8 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Boston’s most confusingly named stand-up comedy show just had its one-year anniversary, adding comedian and artist Katie Baker to create art for each performer: local and national acts featuring Annemarie Hereford, Kate Procyshyn, Logan O’Brien, Gabe Stoddard (pictured), Laura Cull, Mary Elaine Ramsey and Ellen Sugarman. Information is here.


Thursday

bullet-gray-small “The Emperor’s New Clothes” from 10 to 11 a.m. (and repeating through Dec. 31) at The A.R.T. at Harvard University, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice” at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets start at $12 for obstructed view seats and range all the way up to $92 for premium seating. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Somerville nightLIGHTS art installations. Another good night to visit four free works by three designers or design teams upon through Jan. 31: Wen Yu’s “Drone” at Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square; Zebbler Studios’ “Illuminaciones,” at the Cedar Street entrance to the bike path; and Lam Partners, “door2” on Davis Square Plaza and at the East Somerville Library, 115 Broadway. Information is here.


Friday

bullet-gray-small “The Emperor’s New Clothes” from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. (and repeating through Dec. 31) at The A.R.T. at Harvard University, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Graffiti Alley Cypher from 8 to 11 p.m. in Graffiti Alley, across from Pearl Street on Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square. Free. Bridgeside Entertainment presents hip-hop artists performing organized recordings as well as going open-format for the public in Central Square’s most colorful and iconic location. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice” at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets start at $12 for obstructed view seats and range all the way up to $92 for premium seating. Information is here.


Saturday

bullet-gray-small “The Emperor’s New Clothes” from 10 to 11 a.m. (and repeating tomorrow) at The A.R.T. at Harvard University, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice” at 1 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets start at $12 for obstructed view seats and range all the way up to $92 for premium seating. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Somerville nightLIGHTS art installations. Another good night to visit four free works by three designers or design teams upon through Jan. 31: Wen Yu’s “Drone” at Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square; Zebbler Studios’ “Illuminaciones,” at the Cedar Street entrance to the bike path; and Lam Partners, “door2” on Davis Square Plaza and at the East Somerville Library, 115 Broadway. Information is here.


This post was updated Dec. 25, 2018, with information that the Pizza Pi Press pajama party will be held at a location to be revealed on the press’ social media.